LOCHGELLY West Primary School has been given a £200 grant to help pupils tackle the "looming litter emergency".

They've been given the money by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, to help clean up their town.

As part of the international Litter Less campaign, 25 schools across Scotland were chosen to develop and implement campaigns to tackle litter.

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Daniel Barrie said: “The successful schools will be able to use the £200 grant to buy materials needed to run their anti-litter campaigns, to support local family clean up events as part of their daily exercise, and to assist educators to understand the issues and solutions.

"We very much look forward to seeing the summary reports and videos when the local campaigns conclude.”

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the schools are adapting their activities and encouraging pupils to carry out local litter surveys or litter picks with their own households as part of their outdoor exercise.

Litter Less is an annual campaign led by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) and sponsored by the Wrigley Company Foundation.

It runs in 15 countries worldwide and supports more than 1.3 million children and over 20,000 educators to improve and enhance the places they love by clearing up their own villages, towns and cities.

This is the ninth year that Keep Scotland Beautiful has run the campaign, and in that time, £56,000 of support has been provided to 244 Scottish schools, helping them to become more 'litter-ate' and to purchase litter picking equipment and bins.

Daniel Schaffer, chief executive officer of FEE, said: “Pollution, waste and litter are global problems that affect our health, our perception of the planet and the integrity of the natural world of which we are a part.

"With the generous support of the Mars Wrigley Foundation, FEE is able to use its global network of schools to bring large-scale positive change to students around the world through transformative educational methods based on concrete actions and solutions.”

The Litter Less campaign will also support the participating schools to work towards achieving their international Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.